The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

book : 'Konyak Nagas' by Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, (1969)

caption: Chapter Two. The Social Structure and its Units
caption: example of branching to four levels of clan , through gifts
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
person: Furer-Haimendorf/ C.
date: 1969
refnum: with permission from Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York49:1
text: A concrete example will demonstrate the manner in which the process of branching off from an ancestral house determined the interrelations between the members of a clan. In the Oukheang ward of Wakching there were one great house of the Khoknok-hu clan and fourteen "small houses." The latter, however, had not all been founded by younger brothers of a onetime owner of the great house; some had been established by men who themselves stemmed from small houses. Consequently, the great house received shares of meat from only six houses, which we may call A, B, C, D, E, and F. House A, in turn, received shares of the animals sacrificed by house a, which was an offshoot of A, and this house a, from which four more houses (a, b, y, d) had issued, received shares from these four houses. Finally, one of the latter four houses had, in turn, become the parent house of a more recently founded house.